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Published On: Mon, Feb 25th, 2013

The Daily Football Diary: Swansea City win League Cup

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The Swans with their Trophy

In a contest touted as a ‘David vs. Goliath’, between Swansea City and Bradford City, during the Capital One Cup final, no such miracle took place. Swansea City claimed their first ever major trophy and in the process pummeled Bradford City 5-0. A brace each from Nathan Dyer and Jonathan De Guzman, along with Michu’s 19th goal of the season, gave ‘The Swans’ not only their first major trophy, but also a direct passage into next season’s Europa League. ‘The Bantams’, currently lying 11th in the League 2 table, were no match for Michael Laudrup’s side. With their first attack of the game, they were caught on the counter, by a swift, slick and composed Swansea side, which ended with Nathan Dyer slotting it in off a parry from Bradford City goalkeeper, Matt Duke. From there on, it was one-way traffic. Controversy arrived before the fourth goal, close to the hour mark, when an argument between Jonathan De Guzman and Nathan Dyer broke out, as to who should take the penalty. Nathan Dyer was on a hat-trick, and was peeved at De Guzman’s decision to take the penalty. De Guzman was tripped by Matt Duke, who was sent-off for denying the Dutch international a clear run at goal. In the post-match interview with Sky Sports, Laudrup said, As a manager it’s absolutely at the top, winning a trophy for the first time in 100 years (for the club).”

 

Roberto Mancini’s rant directed at Manchester United

According to The Daily Mail, prior to this weekend’s Barclays Premier League action, Roberto Mancini said, “Until now, United have been really lucky with everything”. He further added, “They have won a lot of games in the last minutes, including against us. They probably deserved to lose that game but won in the last second. I don’t think this is a correct gap at the moment.” Despite being 12 points clear at the top, Mancini refuses to acknowledge Manchester United’s superiority in the league over the defending champions. His cause wasn’t helped by United winning comfortably 2-0, at Loftus Park on Saturday, with goals from Rafael Da Silva, scoring a stunning 25 yard strike, and Ryan Giggs, making his 999th appearance for the club. Manchester City responded with a 2-0 victory at home versus a toothless Chelsea, with goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez, to maintain the distance at 12 points.

 

‘Derby Della Madonnina’

 An absorbing Milan Derby, ended all square at 1-1, with Stephen El Shaarawy giving AC Milan the lead in the 21st minute, before his strike was cancelled out by Inter substitute, Ezequiel Schelotto, in the 71st minute. In the first half, tactically, Massimo Allegri seemed to have got the upper hand over his Inter counterpart, Andrea Stramaccioni, with his three-man midfield combination of Antonio Nocerino, Ricardo Montolivo and Sulley Muntari. Despite the Nerazzuri also having a three-man midfield, comprised of Esteban Cambiasso, Walter Gargano and Freddy Guarin, Milan’s wide forwards, Kevin-Prince Boateng and El Shaarawy, tracked back into the wide areas, unlike Inter’s forwards. The space out on Milan’s left, had to be covered by Freddy Guarin, with Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio, floating through the middle. This left a 3 V 2 situation in central midfield, for the Rossoneri to exploit in the first half,  allowin Mattia De Sciglio, at left back for Milan, to bomb on forward past an over-worked Guarin. Despite having three clear chances to score, Balotelli fluffed his lines, with Inter goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic keeping them in the game. As soon as Inter brought on Schelotto on for Cambiasso, who shifted out wide right, with Guarin playing more centrally, Inter scored via his (Schelotto’s) header. After the goal, tactically, Inter got a stronger grip on the match, with Zdravko Kuzmanovic on for Ricardo Alvarez, who played more centrally along with Guarin and Gargano. AC Milan remains third, with Inter a point behind in the Serie A.

 

Real looking to snare Hernandez

 According to the Mirror, Real Madrid may be back after Javier Hernandez, after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford, with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, in front of him. In an interview with a German daily, called Bild’, Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said last Sunday, We have no intention of negotiating with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Robert Lewandowski. With speculation strife that Lewandowski is refusing to sign a contract extension, this could be read as a major sign of intent, that Bayern will force Dortmund’s hand in a deal protracted to be worth between 20 million-30 million Euros, at the end of this season, or get him for free in the following season. Manchester United, are also said to be after his signature. In an interview with The Guardian, Roberto Mancini expressed the desire to sign Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani or Luis Suarez. When asked about the prospect of signing Neymar, he said, “Neymar is a good player, he’s young, but I don’t know if he’s ready to play in England because the football is totally different. I think he will go to Barcelona or Madrid where the football is more technical.

 

Results:

Capital One Cup:

Bradford City 0-5 Swansea City

English Premier League;

Newcastle United 4-2 Southampton
Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

Italian Serie A;

Internazionale 1-1 Milan
Parma 1-2 Catania
Juventus 3-0 Siena
Cagliari 4-3 Torino
Atalanta 2-3 Roma
Sampdoria 2-0 Chievo

German Bundesliga:

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Spanish La Liga:

Real Betis 3-0 Málaga
Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Espanyol
Celta de Vigo 2-1 Granada CF
Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Real Valladolid

Ligue 1:

Paris Saint Germain 2-0 Marseille
Bordeaux 0-2 BrestShow
Lyon 3-1 Lorient

About the Author

Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk

- Rinchen was formerly an author at Beyond The Ninety Minutes.

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